European Reading Challenge 2017 Wrap Up Post

I participated in a few reading challenges in 2017 and one of my favorite was the European Reading Challenge hosted by Rose City Reader.

THE GIST: The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre. You can participate at different levels, but each book must be by a different author and set in a different country – it’s supposed to be a tour.

I was aiming for the Five Star (Deluxe Entourage) level of participation, which meant reading at least five such books.  Surprisingly I was able to read NINE such books.

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero, by Timothy Egan – Ireland

 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson – Sweden

 My Paris Market Cookbook: A Culinary Tour of French Flavors and Seasonal Recipes, by Emily Dilling – France

 The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict – Switzerland

 Palm Trees in the Snow, by Luz Gabas – Spain

 Push Not The River, by James Conroyd Martin (The Poland Trilogy, Book 1) – Poland

 And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini   – Greece (& other locations)

 Us, by David Nicholls – Italy (& other locations)

 The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt – The Netherlands (& other locations)

This was an interesting reading challenge and I seriously considered joining again for 2018.  Ultimately, I decided to concentrate on some other reading lists, but I will definitely keep this challenge in mind for the future.


  1. Roberta

    Congratulations on completing this challenge successfully. Did you review them all? You should link them to your reviews?

    • Karen

      I did review them all, as that was part of the challenge. And thank you for the “push” … the reviews are now linked! 🙂

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